The year 2015 was one of the best years for anime. We saw the release of many great anime series, some of which are still running today. So here is my top 20 list of the 2015 best animes.
In this list, we will celebrate the top 20 best anime that came out in 2015!
Death Parade started as a short film called ‘Death Billiards’. It was so well received that it was later created into a full anime in 2015. It’s easily makes the list of 2015 best animes.
A 12-episode series about a world where the souls of people are put inside mysterious bars, which are run by arbiters.
Their job is to judge the souls by putting them into different games. Here they learn their darkest secrets through the actions they take.
The series focuses on the arbiter Decim, who runs a bar called Quindecim. We get to see his experiences as he judges different souls, deciding whether they reincarnate or vanish into the void.
It is considered one of the 2015 best anime series, thanks to its unique premise and excellent execution.
Ore Monogatari (My Love Story!!)
Ore Monogatari, alternatively known as My Love Story!! is a 24-episode anime series in the romantic comedy genre.
It’s about a tall, buff man who has a heart of gold and is beloved by all his classmates. Unfortunately, he can’t find love due to his looks. To make matters worse whenever he likes a girl, they always fall for his handsome best friend instead.
What follows is a story about the protagonist finally finding someone who can see past his looks. They both begin to fall for each other, and the beauty is within the journey they share.
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One Punch Man
Of course, a list about 2015 cannot be complete without the iconic One Punch Man. It immediately became one of the most-watched anime series throughout the entire world.
It’s an action show about a character called Saitama, who has become so powerful that he can kill anyone with a single punch.
We’re offered a fresh approach to the superhero genre. It’s is full of action, comedy, and enough badass moments to easily be considered among the 2015 best animes.
Prison School is a 12-episode comedy series with a big touch of ecchi. It’s still considered one of the funniest anime series today.
The story is about a girls-only academy that decides to let male students join. The students fail to befriend the females of the academy and instead become peeping toms.
They are quickly caught, and learn about the strict punishments the high school has, and are thrown into the ‘prison block’.
They’re eventually put in hilarious situations, and the series does not shy away from showing lots of oppai.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (Part 3, season 2)
In 2020, JoJo needs no introduction. But 2015 saw the release of the second season of Part 3, which quickly became one of the most iconic seasons for the show.
Fans had been eagerly waiting for the sequel to the first season, and the second season of the anime surpassed the first one in every way.
It covered the Egyptian arc of the manga, in which Jotaro Kujo and his allies fight off the immortal Dio, as well as his new henchmen who have stands that represent Egyptian gods.
It’s considered one of the best seasons of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and one of the best anime pf 2015.
Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma
Food Wars! is a feel-good anime series that fits in the comedy, slice of life and ecchi genre. It started in 2015 but is still on-going today.
It is one of the few anime series that are considered relevant by both the ecchi and mainstream anime communities and is watched by fans of both even if they normally don’t enjoy it. Due to its top-notch animation, a lighthearted story and fun characters, it’s considered one of the most important anime of 2015.
The story is about a boy who wants to run his family’s restaurant one day and has helped his father as a sous chef most of his life.
However, his father closes the restaurant to test the cooking talent of the protagonist. He then sends the boy to a cooking academy where only 10% of the students pass, and he has to prove his cooking abilities and earn his place.
Gintama° (season 3)
Gintama° came back as the third season in 2015 and was as successful as it always had been. Gintama doesn’t take itself seriously, and that’s what makes its elements of comedy, adventure and science fiction so fun to watch.
It’s about a samurai called Gintoki, who freelances odd jobs for a living. In one of his jobs, he helps a person called Shinpachi save his sister from aliens. The person is so impressed by him that he becomes his apprentice and learn more about the art of the samurai.
As time passes, their group grows larger, and their odd and hilarious adventures are a treat for anyone who loves anime. It’s considered one of the best comedy series even today, and among the best anime of 2015.
Himouto! took the internet by storm when it came out in 2015, and continued to be used daily in memes within and even outside the anime community for years after.
The story is about a relate-able girl called Umaru Doma, who lives with her older brother. At school, she is an ideal student who is good with studies, talented and good looking.
But in her daily life, she is a lazy person who lives on fast food and spends most of her time on the internet.
People found it too hard to resist her character and the lighthearted, comedic premise of the series, and it found its way as one of the best anime of 2015.
Overlord is an action-adventure anime series, with fantasy and supernatural elements combined. It was well received and was quickly considered one of the best anime of 2015, and was continued with more seasons in the few next years.
The story is about a young man who accidentally traps himself within an online video game to enjoy its last hours.
He then decides to learn what caused the game to go on and keep him inside, and build an empire of his own along the way.
It’s full of action, adventure and offers a compelling plot that does not offer everything at once, but still tells you enough to keep you invested.
Haikyuu!! (season 2)
The first season of Haikyuu!! had mixed reactions, but 2015 saw the release of the second season. Fans and newcomers alike found the new season much more fun ane entertaining.
Haikyuu!! is a sports anime with themes of drama and comedy, and the second season has the Karasuno High School’s volleyball team focusing on the Spring tournament, hoping to win it.
What follows next is their effort at becoming the best volleyball team at the tournament, and bringing their high school’s name to the top.
Your Lie in April
Your Lie in April is a 22-episode show that can be best described as a romantic drama and is one of the most emotional anime series out there. Its storytelling, animation, and a great album full of beautiful music make it one of the best anime of 2015.
The story takes place in the life of Kousei Arima, who is an extremely good pianist. But due to a tragedy in his life, he loses his will to produce more music and instead lives a life without color.
However, he meets a violinist girl who changes his perspective on life and sends him on a journey to rediscover his love for music and play the piano again.
Blood Blockade Battlefront
Blood Blockade Battlefront is a fantasy-adventure anime series with themes of science fiction and takes place in a world with vampires, humanoid fishes, supersonic monkeys and many other creatures, who live alongside human beings.
The story is about a city called Hellsalem’s Lot, which used to be New York City. A portal opened within the city, that brought creatures of all kinds and human beings together and they had no choice but to live together.
The interesting premise and its execution, brilliant animation, a unique world, and interesting characters made this series one of the best things to come out in 2015.
Assassination Classroom is an action-comedy anime with one of the most unique premises that we have seen.
A mysterious organism appears out of the blue, and tells the residents of earth that their planet will be killed within a year. However, the creature offers them a chance to live by…offering them classes.
The organism trains them into being great assassins, and with their newfound skills, their task would be to assassinate their teacher – the only way to save earth from extinction.
With a hilariously fresh premise and an equally good adaption, Assassination Classroom quickly became one of the most important anime series of 2015.
School-Live is a weird mixture of the slice of life and horror genre, but what’s weirder is the fact it works.
It’s about a group of school-girls who are trapped within an area in the middle of the zombie apocalypse with no contact with the outside world, but they pretend to live a normal life and try to make best of their situation.
The 12-episode long anime series is considered one of the best anime of 2015 due to its unique premise and a casual take on a topic as serious as the zombie apocalypse.
Kuroko no Basket (season 3)
The third and final season of the famous sports-drama anime series found its way to 2015 and continued to take the series to new heights.
The story has the character of Kuroko go against his old teammates in an attempt to prove to them that basketball is a game meant for team-play, not individual skill.
The series ended on a high note and is considered one of the best anime of 2015, and was followed by a movie later.
Starting immediately after the first season, the sequel delves deeper into the characters that were previously established and offers a compelling story that was considered among the best of 2015.
The series can be best described as an action-fantasy anime with supernatural elements combined, and it explores a world parallel reality where demons and human souls reside, and beings with the power of gods casually roam the land.
The show features great animation, action sequences and an exciting plot that keeps you engaged.
Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
The second season of Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works concluded the series on an extremely high note. It left the fans of and critics alike very satisfied and became one of the highest-ranked anime series of 2015.
The conclusion was filled with action and featured many twists in its compelling plot-line that left the audience shocked.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is a really well-made slice of life comedy-drama anime series.
After its first season, which was well-received, the anime returned in 2015. But, this time they had a bigger budget.
The story is about a group of school students who call themselves the Volunteer Service Club. Their adventures as they dedicate themselves to helping any students that come across a problem.
While the premise is simple, the series features great writing, beautiful animation, and surprisingly good character development. All of these elements make it one of the best shows in the genre you can watch.
Non Non Biyori Repeat
Non Non Biyori is a very relaxing, slice of life series with elements of comedy and drama. 2015 saw the release of its second season, and it was as beloved as the first.
The story is about four girls trying to live a colorful life within a town of Japan. That town lacks most of the conveniences of city life.
While it’s a calm series, it still has many emotional moments that make you feel for the characters.
Fans of the slice of life genre still talk about Non Non Biyori Repeat. They often refer to it as one of their favorite series. Therefore anyone new to the genre will still leave satisfied.
Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames
Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames is one of the lesser-known anime series of 2015. Nonetheless, it still featured sequels.
The story takes place in the fictional Valiante Kingdom. The king starts a witch hunt in which Makai Knights and Alchemists are targeted. In the aftermath, an alchemist who had been excommunicated returns and establishes authority. This leads the land to a life of horrors.
A knight called León returns to the land to avenge his mother. He lets go of his vengeance to save the land from the horrible fate it suffers.